Michel de Nostredame, more well known as Nostrdamus, was a French seer during the 16th– century best known for his “prophecies using astrology and various “occult” sciences. Here are a few favorites!

1. The End of the Word

End of the Word

This prediction seems to be popular – the Bible, the Mayans, most of Facebook throughout 2012. Nostradamus’s prediction is one of the most widely quoted, and accepted, predictions of the world ending. But no specific date was given, and Nostradamus wrote his predictions expire in 3797 so he’s running out of time (not really).

2. September 11, 2001

September 11 attack, world trade center

It is impossible to know for sure if Nostradamus foresaw the tragedy on September 11, 2001, but his prediction sure sounds like an apt description. Still, this prediction calls for a lot of speculation.

3. World War II & Hitler

World War II Hitler, Hitler, Hitler wwII

Hitler was a seductively manipulative dictator that came from poverty and worked to expand his “empire” ever east. However, it is likely this connection was made due to Nostradamus’s use of the Latin word “Hister” in the original text to describe the Danube, not Hitler.

4. Atomic Bomb

bomb, nuclear bomb, Atomic Bomb

If the proof is in the details, Nostradamus was lacking quite a bit on this one. True this verse very aptly describes the atomic bombings, but it could also describe any other war where men, women, and children died horribly.

5. Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur, Pasteur Louis

While many believe Nostradamus was predicting the scientist, Louis Pasteur, who engineered spoil-resistant milk and the vaccine for rabies, there could be a more general prediction. Louis’s surname is French for a pastoral vocation and he could simply be talking about a pastor or the church.